10 Ways to Survive the Summer Job Search
Searching for a job can be tiring. And when the sun is shining and everyone else is enjoying the summertime, the process of looking for a job can feel like it drags. But how do you survive your summertime job search? Don’t get discouraged. Here are 10 tips to keep you going.
- Network everywhere. Are you heading out to the pool for the afternoon? If you find yourself in a conversation, don’t forget to let them know you’re currently looking for a job. You never know who might know someone else or be looking themselves.
- Learn LinkedIn. You can take some time this summer to really dive deeply in to the pool that is LinkedIn. Many people shrug off this platform, but it really is the premiere networking tool online and maximizing your profile will help your search.
- Revamp your resume. You may also want to take another look at your resume. Is it attracting the right attention? Does it need a better format? Is there something you’ve done recently that should be added?
- Attend local events. Summertime is also a great time to seek out local industry events in your area. Challenge yourself to attend one or two a month moving forward. This can connect you with more people.
- Take a break. It’s summer, after all. You don’t need to be working 24/7 on your job search. Take a couple of days to not think about it at all and then return to your search refreshed. What do you want to do on your day off?
- Review your references. Have you talked to the people on your reference list lately? Now is also a good time to contact everyone and revisit their role in your job search. Eliminate anyone no longer relevant and consider one or two new sources to replace them.
- Send thank you notes. Do you think you should only send thank you notes after an interview? The truth is, sending a thank you note can get you noticed at any stage of the game. Send them to people you’ve recently met in the community.
- Design your brand. Branding is not just for companies. You can create an entire package by creating a website, starting a blog, and unifying all of your social media pages with a clear theme. You can even design business cards to give out when networking.
- Your summer job search doesn’t have to be limited to actual job searching. Volunteering can be a great way to break out of your rut, use your skills, and meet new people. Volunteering is also good for your health and wellbeing.
- Be creative. Finally, don’t box yourself in with the way you think you should be job searching. Check out creative ideas that you can use to find a new opportunity. For example, you could make a video resume or check out jobs in a related field to expand your options.